I am a first-time parent to a 2-year-old toddler who is very active during the day. Lately, I have been wondering if he is getting enough sleep at night. I often struggle to get him to bed and he usually wakes up a few times during the night. I am worried that his lack of sleep might be affecting his development and overall health.
How do I know if my toddler is getting enough sleep? What are some signs I should look out for? And what can I do to encourage better sleep habits for my little one?
Thank you in advance for any advice or insights you can provide.
As a dad of a 6-year-old child, we've learned that consistent timing of meals and snacks throughout the day has helped in regulating my child's sleep. The snacks and meals shouldn't be too heavy at night to avoid discomfort, but enough to sustain hunger through the night to avoid waking up hungry.
Another thing that we consider is exposure to light. As soon as the sun sets, we try to limit all the bright lights and overhead lights in our house to replicate the natural setting of the outdoors. We also try to avoid scary stories, movies or TV shows right before bedtime, or any emotionally stimulating activities that could trigger anxiety.
Lastly, we involve our child in making the bedtime routine fun and creative by picking out their pyjamas and giving them an interesting and relaxing story to anticipate before going to bed. We also encourage our child to try techniques such as breathing exercises and visualization to help them relax and enter a peaceful sleep state.
Remember every child is unique and it might take time to find what works for one. Hope these recommendations can assist you in improving your child's sleeping patterns.